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English Turn Golf & Country Club
New Orleans, La.
July 21-24, 2003

Pandolfi leads Girls Division at 3-over-par 75

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Casey Clendenon of Katy, Texas, Travis Grote of Birmingham, Ala., and Beck Troutman of Fernwood, Miss., share a three-way tie at 2-under-par 70 Tuesday to lead the Boys Division after the first round of the hp Junior Classic at English Turn. Jennifer Pandolfi of Navarre, Fla., leads the Girls Division at 3-over-par 75.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the hp Junior Classic at English Turn features a field of 84 competitors, 66 boys and 18 girls. The event is a 54-hole stroke-play tournament, with 24 players from Louisiana.

Grote, 17, said his game was motivated by an early start and consistent putting throughout the day.

"I started off well today," Grote said. "My first two putts were tap-ins and on the front nine anything within eight or nine feet was dropping in the hole."

The 18-year-old Clendenon said he would need to stay patient with his game to play well this week.

"I was putting well over the final four holes," Clendenon said. "I was guiding my drives today and need to stay consistent and patient with all my clubs this week."

Alongside Grote and Clendenon, Troutman, 18, is also looking to keep his game solid for the remainder of the week and is hopeful for a close finish in the Boys Division.

"I got up and down a lot today," Troutman said. "I'm disappointed I bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18, but all in all I had a solid round. These greens are unpredictable and you can't let the short putts get away from you. I know Clendenon well, I would love for it to come down to just me and him."

Matt Fast of Hattiesburg, Miss., is in fourth-place at 1-under-par 71 followed by Eric Shriver of Cary, N.C., and Andrew Temple of Berkeley, Calif., in a tie for fifth-place at even par.

In the Girls Division, 17-year-old Pandolfi stands in first place Tuesday at 3-over-par 75. Pandolfi said she had a number of shots to keep her game together.

"I managed to keep the ball out of trouble," Pandolfi said. "I did better putting on the front nine than the back. I'm not worried about the next two days; I'll just play one shot at a time."

Finishing round one two strokes behind Pandolfi at 5-over-par 77 is Carrie Morris of Tyler, Texas. Morris, 17, said that she was confident in her game after just the first hole.

"My short game and putting was great," Morris said. "On No. 1, I chipped up to one foot from the hole. I was playing solid all day and I made an effort to play smart. If I continue to play smart and don't take stupid shots, I think I will do well."

In third place in the Girls Division at 7-over-par 79 is Katherine Jones of Jackson, Miss.

Second-round tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the English Turn Golf & Country Club. For more information on the AJGA hp Junior Classic at English Turn, call tournament headquarters at (504) 391-8182.